The Georgia Gold Rush comes to Rome

Tellus Science Museum Executive Director Jose Santamaria will speak about the Gold Rush in Georgia on Monday July 9 at 7 p.m. at the Sarah Hightower Library in Rome. Guests will learn about the first gold rush in the country as part of the monthly meeting of the Rome Georgia Mineral Society.

“Everyone knows something about the gold rush in Georgia,” said Santamaria, “but there’s a lot of legends and misconceptions mixed in with the facts.”

Santamaria will discuss the formation of Georgia’s gold deposits, the events that led to the gold rush, the chaos, lawlessness and politics that followed, the impact it had on the Cherokees, and the future prospects for gold discoveries in the state.

“Nearly two hundred years ago, north Georgia experienced a level of craziness never seen before in this country,” said Santamaria. “Fortunes were made by some, but most remained poor and broke, and by the end of the gold rush, the face of north Georgia changed forever.”

The lecture is part of Tellus Science Museum’s mission to educate and inspire the public about science, in this case geology and mineralogy.

“Tellus has the largest collection and the most complete exhibits on Georgia minerals in the world.” Santamaria also pointed out, “Gold is an important part of Georgia’s history, so of course our Georgia Gold collection is one of our most popular exhibits at the museum. We love to share Georgia’s mineral history with the public because it’s important for people to know and appreciate the natural world around them.”

In addition to sharing history about Georgia’s gold rush, Santamaria will also have a gold nugget specimen from Georgia to show visitors. Admission for this lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.

Tellus Science Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a 120,000 square foot science museum located in Cartersville, just north of Atlanta. For more information about Tellus Science Museum call 770-606-5700 or visit www.tellusmuseum.org or www.facebook.com/tellusmuseum.